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Old 11-16-2010, 12:41 AM   #1
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57 Gallon Rimless


Got rid of my old 20 Gallon in place of something a bit bigger.
Tank: Deep Blue 36x18x20 57 Gallon Drilled w/overflox
Lighting: Deep Blue 4 Bulb 36" T5HO Fixture w/custom hanger
Filter: Eheim Pro 3 2075
Co2: 5Lb Tank, DIY Inline Reactor, Milwaukee Regulator
Heater: Hydor ETH IN-Line
Substrate: MTS W/Flourite Black Sand Cap

Tank will be a slightly slow build process due to work and holidays but hopefully it all gets together soon. I have the overflow cut out, the plumbing about done and water test begun to help soak the driftwood.

Tank right out of the box and the overflow box was cut off right away:

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Plumbing almost there:





A few changes still need to be made to the plumbing. I'm ditching the poly tubing for the Co2, I cant seem to get it to want to seal nicely to the pvc. I've ordered 1/4" OD PVC tubing and some fittings to get it where I feel comfortable with it. Also need to change some of the flexible eheim tubing around so that there are no kinks anywhere, but hey this is why we do dryish run's.

For plants I think i've decided on a Glosso carpet with either Corkscrew Val. or Crypt Sprialis for the backround then a mix of anubias and flame moss to cover parts of the driftwood.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:57 AM   #2
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Subscribed! Nice equipment and driftwood pieces. Look forward to this scape's progress especially since we are at the same stage of setup.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:32 AM   #3
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looking forward to this. that is a great piece of driftwood
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that is gonaaaa beeeeee cooooollllllllll!
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:20 AM   #5
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Thanks very much. Hopefully this weekend I have all the bugs worked out with the plumbing and get the tank drained back down. Just waiting on my lighting now so hopefully plants in the next week or two.
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:33 AM   #6
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I like it.
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:24 PM   #7
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Small update, the light is hung and driftwood/mts has been put in. Just got plants yesterday but still havent gotten pictures of that. The MTS process was a little messy and still needs a good surface vac on the sand but should turn out good.



Hopefully all plants grow in nicely and i'll take some more pics soon
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:48 PM   #8
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that wood looks awesome! i can't wait to see how this tank comes together.
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:05 PM   #9
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Subscribed! Where did you get your wood from?
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:49 PM   #10
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Wow, great start. Nice plumbing setup. Really keeps the tank clean. Stocking ideas yet?
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Old 11-27-2010, 04:45 PM   #11
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Any plans for stocking? This tank would look awesome with a bunch of shrimp.
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I think some java ferns and moss and some rasboras would look real nice
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Old 11-27-2010, 05:34 PM   #13
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WOW !

That Glass Looks THICK !

Very Nice Looking Rimless Adventure
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Old 11-27-2010, 05:37 PM   #14
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I really like the clean look. Where did you get that stand?
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:59 PM   #15
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Stand is also from the same manufacture of the tank, Deep Blue.
As far as stocking goes I already have about 10 Columbian Blue Tetras from the old 20G that are going in. I think along with another 10 or so more and I think maybe 7 or 8 dwarf blue gourami's.
Also need to find some xmas moss or flame moss to take up the drift wood. Got alot of anubias on the wood right now that is looking real nice. The glosso I got isnt that great and will probably take some time to carpet the tank as I do believe that it was grown emersed and will probably all die and have to regrow. Also the contortion val that i decided on for the backround was in marginal condition upon arrival. However Co2 and Ferts are cranked up real high along with the light on for 10 hrs so hopefully it helps everything take hold without and crazy algae blooms.
And the wood is from the LFS that I work for its actually 2 pieces that fit together real nice. Its a little to big for the tank but I was going for a nice center piece themed tank so I do believe it will work out well.

Also had to address some of the plumbing, I had a large leak from where the vinyl tubing was entering the co2 reactor so I sourced some 1/4" PVC rigid tubing to solve that problem and glued it in place along with a high quality check valve.
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